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Learn the Spartan mindset. Founder & CEO of Spartan Race and NY Times best-selling author, travels the globe seeking and answers authors, academics, athletes, adventurers, entrepreneurs, CEOs and thought leaders. It will shift your thinking, make you laugh and and give you the tools you need. He’s on a mission to find the secrets to success in all aspects of life. Not only does Joe interview epic people, he has brought together an amazing panel to break down and analyze every aspect of these ...
 
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“The people who are advanced never don’t do the basics,” says Alex Hormozi, CEO of Gym Launch. Alex talks with SpartanUp DEKA series hosts Jarod Cogswell and Yancy Culp about how gym owners can thrive during the pandemic. In this episode you’ll learn: -How to increase client retention -How to inspire change with a client by using pain, not gain -Th…
 
How can we solve some of our trickiest problems? Joe asked Mark Cuban how he would handle 8 of the biggest problems our country faces if he were president... 9 if you count getting more of you off the couch and out on the course. Wonder what it's really like to be a billionaire? That's where the interview starts. Next Joe De Sena, the founder of Sp…
 
“We will go to the end of the Earth to make sure our team gets what they need,” says Bryan Medlin. SpartanUp Combat Series host Ryan Warner talks with Medlin - one of the most respected greco-roman wrestling coaches in the country and current University of Illinois assistant coach - about how coaches can remove the ego. In this episode you’ll learn…
 
From the border of Afghanistan to the border of China, the Running the Roof the crew traversed the Bartang Valley on foot! This journey took over 20+ months to plan, and is the epitome of delayed gratification. Spartan Up Endurance Series host Johnny Waite interviews Jody Bragger, Jodie Gauld and Gabriel Ghiglione, who together, ran across Tajiksta…
 
Joe De Sena and Nick Shaw review all the most popular diet types. What should you really be eating? How do you simplify your food choices? Nick is the Founder and CEO of Renaissance Periodization - a diet and fitness company founded on evidence-based practices, the author of "Fit for Success," and the host of the RP Strength podcast. This episode i…
 
“I have a sticky-note on my wall that says ‘Ryan Atkins made you look stupid,” says Hunter McIntyre, who lost to Atkins at the inaugural Spartan Games. SpartanUp DEKA Series hosts Jarod Cogswell and Yancy Culp talk with Hunter about his Spartan Games performance. In this episode you’ll learn: -That fitness is the one outlet in modern society that p…
 
It’s not about the idea, it’s about the people behind the idea who can make it happen. That’s the theme of today’s StartanUp Endurance Series episode, where host Johnny Waite interviews Jody Bragger, Jodie Gauld and Gabriel Ghiglione, who together, ran across Tajikstan as part of a friendly bet. The bet started in the dead of winter, where the crew…
 
They were desperate enough to call in an airstrike on themselves. Think about that. WIth that came ultimate clarity. Retired Navy SEAL Thom Shea says war teaches you what's real. He served 23 years with distinguished valor before writing his bestselling book, "Unbreakable: A Navy Seal's Way of Life." Today he talks about his latest book, "Three Sim…
 
When a decade of training wrestling, blindfolded, saves your life. That’s what Spartan CEO Joe De Sena and SpartanUp Combat Series host Ryan Warner talk about in today’s episode. The guys also cover Joe’s passion for combat sports, why Spartan Nutrition and Joe’s background in chosen suffering. In this episode you’ll learn… How a dinner in NYC led …
 
“Keep climbing and stop whining,” says Jarod Cogswell, co-host of the SpartanUp DEKA Series. “Keep climbing and stop whining,” says Jarod Cogswell, co-host of the Spartan Up DEKA Series. Coaches Jarod Cogswell and Yancy Culp share their best advice for making the most of your 2021 in this episode solo. They recap their biggest learnings from 2020, …
 
Mo Gawdat, today’s guest on Spartan Up, tells Joe De Sena happiness, like fitness, is something you can build. He’s the author of "Solve for Happy'' and former Chief Business Officer of Google [X], and today he’s on a mission to teach the art and practice of happiness. Mo experienced a uniquely devastating event, the death of his son, it inspired i…
 
Exercise is like the magic pill. You’ll get better sleep. You’re testosterone will go up. You’re going to look and feel better. All because of exercise, says Olympic wrestler Jake Herbert. Host of the SpartanUp Combat Series Ryan Warner talks with Jake about: -How to track personal growth in 2021. Jake uses a journaling routine called the 4 B’s to …
 
“If you want to identify your running inefficiencies, run naked” says ultra-marathon runner Patrick Sweeney, who talks with SpartanUp Podcast Endurance Series host Johnny Waite about how to become a minimalist runner. In this episode you’ll learn: -How Patrick developed a love for running in the sandals -Why minimalist running improves your running…
 
We've been telling you for YEARS to do hard things. Today Joe De Sena, our show host and the founder and CEO of Spartan, asks neuroscientist, psychologist, and University Distinguished Professor, Dr. Lisa Feldman Barrett if we're right. The author of "7 1/2 Lessons About the Brain" and "How Emotions are Made," explains how the brain reacts to stres…
 
This interview is dedicated to our gracious, enthusiastic, and gone too soon series host Roy Wallack. Rest in peace. “The best social security is to keep on riding.” Tinker Juarez (@dtinker) is 59 years old and still rides 350 miles a week. His consistency and dedication to training is the main focus of today’s episode. La Ruta Series on the Sparta…
 
One of the most decorated CrossFit athletes of all time - Sam Briggs - talks with Spartan Up podcast DEKA series hosts Jarog Cogswell and Yancy Culp about: -Sam’s origin story and what being a firefighter has taught her about team building -Why Sam participated in the Spartan Games -The benefits of functional fitness, regardless of age -When Sam ta…
 
Pain is inevitable, right? But how do you distinguish between the pain you should push through and the pain that's a red flag? Dr. Sean Pastuch, founder of Active Life RX, gives Joe De Sena his 4 rules for pain assessment. He also talks about the importance of seeking out and overcoming some kinds of pain in our life. When assessing pain Pastuch sa…
 
When you leave a high-paying job on Wall Street to fight MMA professionally in Peru. That’s the decision Rollie Peterkin (@rolliepeterkin - Twitter) made - our guest on today’s episode of Combat on the SpartanUp Podcast - that would forever change his life. Host Ryan Warner talks with Rollie about: -Rollie’s college wrestling career at the Universi…
 
Imagine running the Chicago marathon and then running to New York - spanning 22 days - to compete in the NYC Marathon. That’s the kind of runner that Patrick Sweeney is and in this episode, he talks with Spartan Up Endurance Series host Johnny Waite about: -How he developed a love for running in the early days and what drew Patrick to long-distance…
 
He went to the DOJ. He testified to congress. He went to the IRS. Instead of a "thank you," they threw him in jail! But that wasn't the end of the story. Next, the US Government awarded Bradley C Birkenfeld with over 100 million dollars. In fact, he holds the Guinness World Record for the largest payout by a government to a single individual! Sound…
 
Meghan Hicks says “Don’t put on a race or don’t sponsor racers unless you are ready to sponsor women who perform at the same level as their male counterparts.” Hicks tells Spartan Up Podcast Trail Series host Mauri Pagliacci about how gender equality, sustainability and COVID can pose unique challenges trail running. #1 - Meghan’s race adventures d…
 
“I chased the pain,” says mountain biking legend Tinker Juarez (@dtinkerj), who has spent nearly 40 years atop the world of cycling. Spartan Up La Ruta series host Roy M. Wallack (@roywallack) - author of Bike for Life: How to Ride to 100 - talks with Tinker about his career, how Tinker has achieved longevity in the sport and advice on how to grow …
 
What defines you? Is it your origins? What you've overcome? What you've achieved? Who you are becoming? By any measure, Curt Maggitt is a champion. We met Curt, a former NFL Colts player, at the 2020 inaugural Spartan Games presented by Harley Davidson, where he launched out of his comfort zone tackling challenges ranging from Spartan courses and m…
 
Did you listen to the "Spartan Up!" interview with Ivor Cummins? Joe Desena interviewed the biochemical engineer and complex problem-solving specialist about what popular messaging got wrong about COVID-19 and the lockdowns. We asked you for your feedback, and Spartan racer Kyle Enfield MD reached out to us. Kyle runs the Covid ICU at UVA, has a ma…
 
Private Equity is about building great teams to evaluate talent and in turn risk. Mike McMullan is a private equity investor, and formerly was a 4x All American for wrestling at Northwestern and a college wrestling coach for the University of Pennsylvania. Spartan Up Combat series host Ryan Warner talks to Mike about the key ingredients for buildin…
 
Fitness is the fountain of youth! Joe Decker - former Guinness World’s Fittest Man and Death Race legend - talks with Spartan Up Endurance series host Johnny Waite about how to accomplish your fitness goals when you're 50 or older. In this episode you’ll learn: How to approach training when you’re out of your prime How to pivot your training. If yo…
 
What works to optimize your biology? Alisa Vitti, hormone expert, has made it her life's work to find out. In her conversation with Spartan founder and CEO Joe De Sena, she explains how and why women need to plan differently for intermittent fasting and hit workouts, how men can maximize testosterone and performance using their circadian rhythms, a…
 
What does a 4x La Ruta endurance mountain bike race champion eat during a race? Louise "La Ruta Lou" Kobin shares tips on diet for performance with our Spartan Up La Ruta series host Roy Wallack. In this episode you’ll learn: -What Louise eats and drinks during a race -How often she’s consuming calories while on the bike -What to eat and drink duri…
 
If your life was a movie, would you change the channel? That’s the question Hunter McIntyre wants you to ask yourself every day. Hunter McIntyre is a professional athlete and fitness trainer who has established himself as a dominant force in the world of obstacle course racing. He was named one of the top 50 fittest athletes by Sports Illustrated a…
 
Dr. Gil Blander, the founder of InsideTracker, has created a system to unlock the information hidden in your blood. Today on Spartan Up Podcast he tells Joe De Sena about his process and the surprising patterns he's discovered. For example, many health-conscious people are overdoing it with supplements. For his studies, Blander considers blood "val…
 
“The moment I had the courage to be completely honest with myself”….that’s when things started to change for Sarah Hildebrandt, our guest today on Spartan Combat. Sarah is a 3x member of Team USA and currently the #1 ranked wrestler in the country in her weight class. Host Ryan Warner and Sarah talk about the all important moment of turning PRO. Yo…
 
At age 27, Joe Decker was out of shape and out of hope. He was an alcoholic and drug addict who had just hit rock bottom. Three years later, Joe broke the Guinness Record for World’s Fittest Man. He got there - from out of hope to Fittest Man - by mastering the goal setting process, and that’s the focus for today’s conversation. Host Johnny Waite t…
 
Fit Men Cook founder Kevin Curry joins Joe De Sena (Spartan Race founder & CEO) to talk about how Kevin changed his relationship with food. This episode of Spartan Up! Is brought to you by GONEROGUESNACKS.COM - use code SPARTAN25 for a discount FOLLOW SPARTAN UP: Spartan Up on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/spartanuppodcast/ Spartan Up on Twit…
 
If you want to make a change, start with a single person. In an age of more is better - more likes, downloads or views - Todd Durkin talks with hosts Jarog Cogswell and Yancy Culp on how to ‘light up the planet’ by starting with a single person. In case you missed the first episode, Todd Durkin (@ToddDurkin) is an internationally recognized strengt…
 
Runners, when you hit the wall, Meghan Hicks suggests these two tips to push through. She would know, she’s run over 60 trail races and ultras, won and won the Marathon des Sables. She's is the managing editor for IRunFar.com. She’s also the author of Where the Road Ends: A Guide to Trail Running. Today she tells Spartan Trail host Mauri Pagliacci …
 
Hooked on Sugar? How about "diet" sodas? Kara Goldin, founder of hint water and author of the new book Undaunted, fell for the advertising. For years she believed that something called "diet" must be good for you. One day she stopped and read the ingredients label and her journey to better health for herself and others began. Kara set the diet soda…
 
Biochemical Engineer and Complex Problem Solving Specialist Ivor Cummins talks about the conclusions he's come to based on Covid data. At Spartan, we do the hard things. Today that means tackling a difficult conversation. Joe De Sena invited Ivor to share his information with you. Please, listen all the way through, give it some thought, and then l…
 
Ben Friberg, extreme endurance paddler talks with Johnny Waite, of Spartan Up Podcast, about how to prepare for the really big, self-supported, expedition-style adventures where you will be truly on your own. An example is Ben's dream crossing - the Bering Strait from Siberia to Alaska, alone on a stand-up paddleboard. Ben Stresses the importance o…
 
In Andy Stumpf's 17 years in the United States military, he executed missions around the globe, fighting the war on terror as a member of some of the most elite combat units in the world, including SEAL Team 6. He’s also the host of the hit podcast Cleared Hot and a BASE jump record-breaker. Andy stars in the latest episode of Blackhawk’s new film …
 
Pain is easy to forget, says Louise Kobin, 4x La Ruta race winner. In this episode, our first in the La Ruta series, Louise and Spartan Up La Ruta series host Roy Wallach introduce you to the 3-day, cross-country mountain bike race known as La Ruta. In this episode, you’ll learn about Louise’s first La Ruta race, specifically... -A deep dive of the…
 
James Nestor, author of the hugely popular book "Breath" explains his deep research. Should you be breathing through your nose? The answer is YES! Today on the Spartan Up podcast, He tells Spartan Founder & CEO Joe De Sena how breathing affects your performance. He also explains the history, the science, and some simple steps you can take to improv…
 
Spartan Combat athlete Gabe Dean (@DabeGean) discusses his comeback to the mat, and how the passing of a family member helped motivate his return. Gabe Dean is an assistant wrestling coach at Cornell - one of the top wrestling programs in the country - and was a 2x NCAA Champion for the Big Red. Gabe recently returned to competition, and that’s the…
 
Adapting to drastic life changes Ryan KentRyan Kent (instagram: dr0p_the_hammer) was a full-time, professional athlete until Covid hit. Now, he’s a full time worker with a pro athlete’s training load. Tune-in to learn how Ryan is adapting to the new normal, while still maintaining his fitness. SPONSOR This episode of Spartan Up! is brought to you b…
 
Evolution has left you with two basic drives - to survive and to procreate, but evolutionary biologist Rebecca Heiss, Ph.D. tells Joe De Sena how understanding those drives can lead us to overcome fears and achieve success. Fear, says Heiss, is an ancient signal meant to keep us alive, but most things we fear today are not life-threatening. In this…
 
How do you find the motivation to start your first trail race? Tune-in to hear professional, ultra-racer Mike Wardian (@mikewardian) tackle this question. Mike has set world records for the fastest time for 7 marathons on 7 continents in 7 days, and has also completed some of the most difficult races in the world like the Badwater Ultra. SPONSOR Th…
 
What goes into success in an expedition or adventure race? One huge element is your support crew. Spartan Up endurance host Johnny Waite talks to Ben Friberg, who has paddled from Cuba to the US and completed numerous ultra-paddle events, about what makes a solid crew. The main lessons in this podcast are: 1 - Planning is Everything 2 - Work with o…
 
Today’s guest is an entrepreneur, a YouTube star and the founder of the custom building company Rural Renovators. Before Kyle Stumpenhorst garnered a massive online following for his work creating post frame buildings, he actually worked an IT job, but dreamed of getting out from behind the desk and pursuing his dream of being a builder. Today on I…
 
How many hours a day do you need to use your feet to get to your phone? One? Two? zero? Adam Alter, author of "Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked," has made a study of the outsized influence addictive technology has had on us and some basic steps to counteract it. An associate professor at NYU’s Ste…
 
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